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No matter how large or how small your work force, no matter what type of business, employee substance abuse and dependence problems severely elevate your risk for financial loss and for workforce instability.
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Qualifications for Substance Abuse Professionals
Credentials: You cannot be a SAP unless you are a licensed physician (Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy); or a licensed or certified social worker; or a licensed or certified psychologist; or a licensed or certified employee assistance professional; or an alcohol and drug abuse counselor certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission (NAADAC), or by the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC), or by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates/Master Addictions Counselor (NBCC).
Knowledge: You cannot be a SAP unless you have knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders. You cannot be a SAP without understanding how the SAP role relates to the special responsibilities employers have for ensuring the safety of the traveling public. Nor can you be a SAP unless you are well informed about Part 40, pertinent DOT agency regulations, these SAP guidelines, and any significant changes to them. It is important to note that your degrees and certificates alone do not confer to you these knowledge requirements.
Training: You cannot be a SAP unless you receive qualification training. The qualification training must include the nine required components laid out in Section 281(c) of Part 40. You must have completed this training requirement by December 31, 2003, if you become a SAP on or before December 31, 2003. If you become a SAP after December 31, 2003, you must meet this training requirement before you perform any SAP functions.
Examination: Following completion of your training, you must satisfactorily complete an examination. This examination must be given by a nationally recognized professional or training organization and must comprehensively cover all the elements required for the qualification training. Please be aware that DOT requires these training or professional organizations to have their SAP examination validated by a test evaluation organization.
Continuing Education: During each three-year period following satisfactory completion of your training and examination, you must complete at least 12 professional development hours (e.g., Continuing Education Units) relevant to your performing SAP duties.
Rick Vinnay, LISW, CEAP EAP Clinical Director
Rick Vinnay, LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) and CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional), has worked in the behavioral health field since 1996, spending most of his time in EAP management. In addition to his administrative duties as Director of EAP at The Solutions Group, he provides consultation to supervisors, managers and Human Resources professionals, provides organizational interventions, and conducts trainings. His expertise includes working with a very diverse client population in a wide variety of settings with a multitude of presenting issues. His practical and empathic approach to problem solving allows him to serve clients in virtually any situation. Rick is a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a qualified professional counselor in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EDMR) Trauma Therapy, a qualified Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) provider, and a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. These skills, qualifications and talents, combined with his experience working in national and multinational organizations, make him an enormous asset to The Solutions group EAP team and an invaluable resource for employees.Rick earned his M.S. in Social Work in 1995 and has worked in the EAP industry for the past 13 years, most of that time in EAP management. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1979 and worked in many corporate business settings as an engineer. Rick has worked in the EAP industry for the past 13 years, most of this time in EAP management.
Deirdre Anderson, LISW, QSAP
EAP Clinical Counselor
Dierdre is a LISW and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP) who specializes in short-term, solution-focused counseling that incorporates mindfulness, building life skills, and cognitive behavioral techniques. During the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of diverse clinical settings including outpatient psychiatry, stress management courses at a rehabilitation hospital, outreach to homeless, mentally ill veterans, managed care, and work in several Employee Assistance Programs. Prior to joining The Solutions Group, she coordinated the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Program at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center.
Deirdre received her M.S. in Clinical Social work from the University of California Berkeley.